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At some point, that billboard presented crucial information to travelers. That point, however, was not the day I was there…

San Jon, New Mexico
photographed 7.30.2022


The Virden town square was busy, full of preparations for the upcoming Fourth of July festivities, including the Miss Virden Queen Pageant. Sadly, I was not able to stay to watch the pageant. Maybe I’ll go back next year, now that I know about it, and stick around for the fun.

Virden, Illinois
photographed 7.2.2022

that upstairs window

Let’s see…what have we got here?

A old house that may or not be occupied. A few boarded up windows, a porch, a pair of bay windows, that mansard roof, dormers, and a creepy damn doll in the window.

Virden, Illinois
photographed 7.2.2022

vegetables in the home

Sunday mornings around the square are pretty quiet. I assumed that most of the townspeople were home making sure their gardens were well-kept, as directed by the sign on the planter.

(Note: none of the plants in that planter were vegetables. In case you were wondering.)

Carlinville, Illinois
photographed 7.3.2022

from a distance it looked fine: a metaphor

If you are driving through Carlinville, there’s a very good chance you’ll spot the 1860’s-era Macoupin County courthouse. It’s tall. It has a dome. It’s beautiful.

Or rather, it’s beautiful, as long as you don’t look at it closely. A close look reveals that things are worrisome over at the courthouse.  The stone balusters are breaking apart, falling to pieces. There’s one place where the stairs have collapsed. Other places, pieces of the stone have just let go of the building. The longer you look, the more damage you see and the worse shape you understand the building is in.

It seemed like a metaphor for, well, a lot of things.

Carlinville, Illinois
photographed 7.2.2022

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